Matcha Green Tea | Triumph Dining

matchaI have a new indulgence: Matcha Green Tea. To be honest it’s not exactly a NEW discovery. I can remember drinking green tea milk shakes as a kid at our favorite Japanese restaurant or ordering green tea mochi for dessert. The Starbuck’s Green Tea Frappuccino is a tempting coffee-free treat but not necessarily gluten free so it’s not really an option.

Then I discovered powdered Matcha at my favorite tea store, Adagio Teas. According to the Adagio Teas website, Matcha is a fine powder made by grinding green tea leaves. Only the finest, young, shade-grown gyokuro tea leaves are used to create Matcha. The leaves are plucked and laid out flat to dry. Veins are removed and the leaves and are carefully ground in granite mills until they become powder. Instead of soaking the leaves and drinking an infusion of tea you are essentially consuming the entire tea leaf. Because of this process, you are getting more antioxidant benefits and the “high” from green tea caffeine is released in a more even distribution. Continue reading “Matcha Green Tea | Triumph Dining”

Spider Pizza | Triumph Dining

Halloween Spider PizzaThis Halloween I’m planning to ignore the candy and sweets. Yes, I’m sure I’ll probably end up nibbling some chocolate anyway but I’m not planning for it. Instead I am going to concentrate on savory festive foods instead.

Since Halloween is on a Friday I need options that aren’t too hard or time consuming to get on the table during the week. That’s why I’ve decided to make Spooky Spuds or Spider Pizza. Both require cheese, pizza toppings of choice and a little decorating skill.

Spooky Spuds are potato skins topped with shredded white cheese and decorated with cut outs from pepperoni, bell peppers, olives or anything else you can think of. Follow the directions below and make sure to allow time to bake the potatoes prior to decorating them.

The other option is Spider Pizza. This really isn’t different from any other pizza you’d make except for the decorations. I’ll use one of the Udi’s or Still Riding gluten-free, ready-made crusts I have in my freezer for the base but you could also make your own crust. Top with pasta sauce, shredded cheese and spiders cut out of pepperoni slices or formed with sliced black olives. Continue reading “Spider Pizza | Triumph Dining”

Pumpkin Seeds | Triumph Dining

pumpkin_seedsThere’s something satisfying and stress relieving about pulling out wads of seedy goop from your Halloween pumpkin. I like that squish between my fingers, but it’s probably not for everyone. Even if you don’t like the process of harvesting pumpkin seeds you should at least try eating them.

We recently published an article about health benefits of eating pumpkin but we didn’t want to fail to mention that there are health benefits in the seeds too. First we’ll talk about why they are good for you then we’ll show you how to make them at home.

• Heart healthy – a 1⁄4 cup of pumpkin seeds contain almost 1⁄2 of the recommended daily amount of magnesium

• Vitamin rich – pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B and fiber

• Plant-based Omega3 – pumpkin seeds and nuts are a great source of plant-based Omega3s

• Good cholesterol – pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol

• Kidney Stones – pumpkin seeds help prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation

• Inflammation – pumpkin seeds have been shown to help reduce inflammation

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